Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr Emily Parker

I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford. I am currently researching novel crosslinking methods to be applied to polymers, as well as contributing to the group’s work on surface modification of materials. Outside of the lab I enjoy playing the clarinet, swimming and having lots of fun with friends. 




Visiting professors

Dr Adiel Coca

I am spending a six month sabbatical leave as a visiting researcher in the Moloney group. I hold an associate professor position at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. My PhD is in Organic Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University. My research interests include organic synthesis and the development of antibacterials. 



Dr Pengfei Yang

I am from P.R. China and now a one-year academic visitor in Moloney’s group. I am also an associate professor in Qilu University of Technology after graduating from Jiangnan University with a PhD degree majoring in Polymer Chemistry. My research interests include surface modification of polymers.




DPhil Students

Shuyun Chng​

Hello! I am Shuyun from Singapore. I completed my undergraduate studies in National University of Singapore (NUS) majoring in Chemistry and minor in Biological Science and Forensic Science. After which, I joined Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) as a research engineer for a year, before I embarked on my D.Phil studies in Organic Chemistry in the MGM group on A*Star Graduate Scholarship, working on surface modification of polymers for various applications. Enjoy traveling, playing sports, listening to music of various genre, and eating sweet stuff!



Tharindi Panduwawala

Hello! I am from Sri Lanka and I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Colombo in 2011. My undergraduate research work was on the development of a spectroscopic method to determine the lithogenicity of bile, followed by a brief study on nanomedicine.

I enrolled at Oriel College in 2012 to read for a DPhil in Organic Chemistry. My current research involves the synthesis of tetramates for antibacterial drug discovery.

In addition to research I also enjoy rowing for college.



Celine Shepherd

I am a joint DPhil student in the John Foord Group and the Mark Moloney Group. Before starting in Oxford in 2012 I was awarded a MChem at Cardiff University, the third year of which was spent in France at the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM). With the support of Thai company IRPC plc my research at Oxford is focused on the development of novel polymer nanocomposites. I work on extending our diaryl diazo chemistry protocol to surface modify various nanoparticles, such as silica, carbon black and carbon nanotubes, for the production of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites. Outside the lab, I enjoy dabbling in a variety of sports like Korfball, and this year I participated in Tough Mudder. I also enjoy contributing homemade cakes for our lab tea parties.


Kaylie Smith

I graduated from Sheffield University with an MChem in 2010. Soon after, I joined Ketonex Ltd as a Research Scientist. I hold an 1851 Royal Commission Industrial Fellowship, in collaboration with Ketonex and Oxford University. My DPhil project is based on a dispersion polymerisation process to produce particulate high performance polymers. When I am not in the lab, I am usually to be found playing ice hockey with the Oxford Women's Blues.


Laia Josa Culleré

I am from Barcelona (Spain), where I did my undergraduate studies (Universitat de Barcelona). The four-year BSc programme was in general chemistry and I specialised in Organic Chemistry during the fourth year. I then moved abroad to do an MPhil in Organic Chemistry at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Finian Leeper, where I investigated in the field of cancer imaging. During my DPhil at the University of Oxford in the MGM group I will be synthesising mimics of Pramanicin and Equisetin and analyse their potential anticancer and antibacterial activities. Other than chemistry, I enjoy reading, hiking and traveling.



Halima Bagum

I am Halima Bagum from Bangladesh. I graduated with a B. Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh in 2010. My undergraduate research work was on the Synthesis and Characterization of a Series of Mannich Bases as Cytotoxic Agents. I enrolled at St Cross College in 2015 to read for a DPhil in Organic Chemistry. My current research involves the synthesis of modified pyroglutamate and tetramate systems and evaluation of possible antibacterial activity




Jonathan Lockett

Eyup! My name is Jonny and i'm currently working on the development of novel antibiotics through the synthesis of hybridised compounds in the hope of tackling antibacterial resistance. I'm originally from Wakefield and did both my BSc and MSc in medicinal chemistry at the University of Leeds. Outside the lab I enjoy playing near enough every sport under the sun!




Part II Students

Yiyuan Chen

I am a part II student at Corpus Christi College, and I am from China. My project is to synthesise annulated derivatives from tetramates and test their antibacterial activity against S. aureus and E. coli. 



Grace Martin

Fei Zhang